The White Bone

by Barbara Gowdy | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780006474890 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 1/15/2008
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, January 15, 2008
From the Publisher

Traumatized in the wake of an attack by ivory poachers, a herd of elephants sets out for A Safe Place, guided by Mud, a young elephant cow blessed with visionary powers. The White Bone is a classic quest story made dazzling and audaciously original, as the elephants struggle for their own lives and the continuation of their kind.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, May 14, 2010
This story is told from the prospective of a group of elephants. Mud is a young female elephant orphaned at birth but blessed with visionary powers. She and her fellow elephants are forced to remain at a watering hole by drought. There, the herd is ambushed by a group of ivory poachers and decimated. They then set out to find the White Bone which will lead them to the Safe Place, an Eden for elephants.

Although a little difficult to follow at first the reader is quickly brought into the elephant lingo and lore. Though visions, memories and other gifts the elephants start on an odyssey of pain, suffering, endurance and hopefully ultimately, joy. I loved this book and was swept up into caring and hoping for the best for these incredible creatures.

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, May 31, 2010
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Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 06, 2010
Mud is an orphaned elephant who is separated from her family and is adopted by the She-S herd. As Mud is coming into her adulthood, the elephant domain is going through one of the worst droughts in history. As the elephants meet at a watering hole, many are killed by ivory poachers. The elephants that do escape alive are separated. Mud is stuck with a small group from her adoptive family as they try to find other family members and search for the white bone, which has the power to tell all elephants where to find the second safe place, where there is water and lush vegetation where elephants will be safe.

This book is very unique in that it's told from the elephant's perspective. They can communicate as humans do through their own language but they have other means of communicating as well. They can send out infrasonic waves and each family has a mind reader. The mind reader of the family can communicate to other species, which is useful when trying to find water during a drought.

I've never read a book where the main characters are elephants. Despite being so different, the human emotions of each elephant draws the reader in quickly. I enjoyed how the elephants were named according to their family name and their prominent character traits. Each elephant lived up to their name! I was quite surprised to find that the author is a Canadian author living in Toronto! I wonder how much research she had to do about elephants before writing this book.

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Mailed today to my birthday partner.

Journal Entry 6 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Thanks!! Really glad to receive this interesting book for my birthday, because, as you know, how many novels there are told by an elephant?

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